On Thursday night, 4 Nissan, 15 local rabbanim and roshei yehiva and over 250 people came to join in the simcha of the chanukas ha’bayis of Yeshiva Nishmas Hatorah. It was a true chizuk for the talmidim, alumni, donors, and roshei ha’yeshiva to see the crowd genuinely rejoice with them. The atmosphere was one of warmth and joy as friends of the yeshiva met with the bachurim and alumni.
With enormous siyatta d’Shmaya, as Rabbi Blinder and Rabbi Weinberger both noted in their addresses, the yeshiva was zoche to purchase and renovate a building on Franklin Place in Woodmere. The building includes a dorm and a beautifully designed beis midrash.
The program began with Rav Yaakov Feitman, shlita, sharing divrei berachah. He emphasized the chashivus of having a rebbe and the vital role that this plays in a person’s life. He described his own personal feelings of seeing what a boon to Torah this will produce in the community. Rabbi Yissachar Blinder, speaking next, thanked all of those who played such a pivotal role in getting the yeshiva where it is today. He then discussed that one of the main challenges for so many bachurim, and Yidden in general, is that we might go through the motions, but we don’t deal with the neshamah; the core is being ignored, resulting in a lackluster performance. The yeshiva was founded to address that need–hence the name “Nishmas Hatorah.” Here, bachurim connect the neshamah to the Torah and the Torah to the neshamah. It’s an experience of shleimus, and the result is the nachas that this yeshiva witnesses on a daily basis.
Rabbi Pinchus Weinberger got up next to present Rav Aryeh Zev Ginzberg, shlita, with a token of appreciation for the gracious hospitality he and his shul have shown the Yeshiva for the past year and a half. This is but a small example of the chesed the rav does b’hatzneia leches on behalf of Klal Yisrael. Rabbi Weinberger continued by drawing from the parshiyos of the Mishkan to highlight the concept that we all have grand plans and dreams, but the practicalities of life seem to prevent them from being actualized. The idea is that HKB’H wants us to find the goals through our challenges and struggles, which are all opportunities for reaching higher and going further. Bachurim leaving mesivta and coming back from Eretz Yisrael feel this avodah acutely. They want to hold onto something more, but when hit with dating, school, career choices, and living at home while trying to find oneself and maintain a life based on Torah with limud haTorah, there is often despair. Yeshiva Nishmas Hatorah steps in to assist in keeping those dreams alive, in making sense of it all, in giving direction and meaning. With a focus on being productive with one’s day, with a close-knit, warm chevra, and young and dynamic rebbeim, the yeshiva has produced over 70 such alumni over the few years since it opened.
An exciting announcement revealed that, starting after Pesach, there will be a kollel in the yeshiva under the leadership of Rav Nesanel Feit, shlita. This will enhance the kol Torah of the Yeshiva, along with giving bachurim role models whom they can emulate and learn from.
Numerous rabbanim and benefactors of the yeshiva were mechubad with putting up mezuzos.
B’ezras Hashem, Yeshiva Nishmas Hatorah, with its new building, will continue to produce bnei Torah who are shleimim v’yere’im, healthier husbands, better fathers, and great Yidden who are ensuring that our dor will be going m’chayil el chayil.
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